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12 fun things to do with your kids in Dubai

Mon, August 24, 2020

From camel rides and shark lagoons to rollercoasters and VR zombies, here are Dubai's best kid-approved activities.

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From camel rides and shark lagoons to rollercoasters and VR zombies, here are Dubai's best kid-approved activities.

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Dubai Parks and Resorts

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Dubai Parks and Resorts offers children and the young at heart an amazing array of mega theme parks including MOTIONGATE, Bollywood Parks and LEGOLAND. Take a break from rollercoasters and waterslides at Riverland entertainment and dining boulevard, with food options to suit every taste. Make this your most fun-filled family holiday yet by staying inside the parks at Lapita Hotel, a Polynesian-themed luxury hotel situated right in the heart of the action.

 

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IMG Worlds of Adventure

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A day at IMG Worlds of Adventure, one of Dubai's most exciting theme parks, is sure to make the kids smile. Comfy footwear is a good idea – there's 28 football fields worth of space to explore filled with attractions for the whole family to try! Thrilling rides here bring your favourite characters to life, from familiar friends like The Powerpuff Girls to the heroes of Marvel, making it a must-visit stop.

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Kite Beach

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It’s all about the kids at Kite Beach, now complete with a skate park, outdoor trampolines, and a play area for the little ones. It’s the perfect place to have a swim with the little ones, collect shells and then enjoy breakfast or lunch at the famous food truck, Salt, or one of the many beach canteens along the running track. Parents can sit back and enjoy the kitesurf show and stunning views of Burj Al Arab while the kids play in the sand or on the adventure course at Wire World. With showers, changing areas and Wi-Fi, it has all the amenities you need for a stress-free beach day.

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OliOli

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Promising to 'engage and inspire' kids, OliOli is a fresh concept boasting a range of inventive and interactive activities for children. Aimed at two to 11-year-olds, the sprawling venue in Al Quoz is split into eight themed galleries. One of the highlights here is Toshi’s Net – a colourful hanging play area, handcrafted by a Japanese artist, while other fun activities include launching cannonballs in the Water Gallery and tinkering in the Creative Lab. Birthday party packages are also available.

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City Walk

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One of Dubai's most kid-friendly shopping districts, City Walk fuses entertainment, shopping, dining and more into one impressive experience. One of the highlights here includes The Green Planet — an enclosed ecosystem recreating a tropical rainforest with more than 3,000 plants and animals. Your little ones can even play zookeeper for the day with special talks, guided tours and more.

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KidZania

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Situated inside The Dubai Mall, this award-winning concept has been designed as an ‘adult experience’ scaled down in size. KidZania is an edutainment complex complete with paved streets, buildings and a functioning economy. Watch the kids play grown-up, taking on jobs that range from firemen, chefs and doctors to radio jockeys, Emirates pilots or even perfumers creating their very own scents. The KidZania Space Centre is another highlight here. Designed to resemble a real-life space centre, children can learn more about astronauts and the universe with the help of virtual reality and simulated attractions.

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Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo

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Go under the sea with your children at the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, located at The Dubai Mall. With more than 33,000 aquatic animals including sand tiger sharks, there is plenty to keep the little ones entertained. It's an all-encompassing experience as you walk through a tunnel between the aquarium. Or if you want to get up close and personal with the fish, hop on for the glass-bottom boat ride!

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Dubai's desert

Don’t miss the opportunity to experience the desert for an unforgettable memory of Dubai. Whether it’s sandboarding, camel riding, or going on a desert safari, this is one adventure the kids will love. Book a dining experience with one of the many tour operators like Arabian Adventures, Platinum Heritage or Sonara Camp and enjoy tasty dishes (with a separate kid's menu) and a wide range of entertainment from archery to quad biking. If you want your desert excursion to last all night, camp beneath the stars for a truly memorable experience.

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Bounce Dubai

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Kids (and adults) are in store for some challenging fun on over 100 interconnected trampolines at Bounce Dubai. Little ones can somersault their heart out at Mini Bounce while older kids bounce off The Wall. The Slam Dunk gives kids the chance to practise their basketball skills while getting some air, and the dodgeball court sets the stage for a thrilling, high-octane game. As an added bonus, everyone is guaranteed to sleep well afterwards.

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Wild Wadi Waterpark

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Cool off at Wild Wadi waterpark with over 30 attractions perfect for the entire family. Ride a water rollercoaster, take the plunge down gravity-defying slides, or simply float on the lazy river and admire the stunning backdrop with views of Burj Al Arab. Younger visitors get to enjoy a dedicated area complete with small slides, climbing frames and dumping buckets, designed just for little adventurers.

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VR Park

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VR Park, an indoor amusement park in The Dubai Mall, combines augmented and virtual reality to stunning effect. Try the fantastic Burj Drop experience, where you’ll propel down the side of the record-breaking Burj Khalifa. If that’s too tame for teens, try and survive a zombie attack at The Walking Dead Outbreak VR game, or navigate a spaceship to safety. Younger children and families also have plenty to enjoy.

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Air Maniax

Energetic tots will fall in love with Air Maniax – a huge indoor inflatable adventure park in Al Quoz. With over 15 activities that the whole family can get involved in, you’ll never be bored. The park features a dedicated inflatable arena, a ‘Warrior Assault’ obstacle course, zip line and even laser tag. Toddlers have their own dedicated play zone. Serious about fun and games? The park uses high-tech wristbands so scores are recorded automatically, and pictures and videos can be instantly uploaded to social media for bragging rights.

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